NDF member dies in Wanaheda after shoot-out with police

30 Mar 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) - A member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) was shot and killed in Windhoek’s Wanaheda residential area on Saturday after an exchange of fire with members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
NamPol spokesperson Inspector Stephen Nuuyi said at the weekly crime briefing in the capital on Sunday the incident occurred at around 15h00.
Nuuyi explained that the 32-year-old Naftali Martin Natangwe had allegedly fired shots at a bar in the Greenwell Matongo area. He then left the bar but was followed at a safe distance by an off-duty police officer, who had also informed other police officers, who were on duty, of the incident.
Natangwe was dropped off in Wanaheda by a taxi, and when he saw the police officers approaching him, he started shooting at them and they started exchanging fire, Nuuyi said.
He was then shot and declared dead at the scene, he added.
Nuuyi further noted that a resident of Erf 3184, Siegfried Tjitemisa Street in Katutura, the 33-year-old Ngariame Kakuritjire, died after being stabbed in the chest after he tried to intervene in an argument between a woman and the suspect in his death.
According to eye witnesses, the suspect had been quarrelling with a woman at this address on Saturday morning. Kakuritjire, who had been at a neighbour's house, came over to intervene in the argument and was stabbed by the suspect. He was declared dead upon arrival at the Katutura State Hospital.
The suspect fled the scene but was arrested later on Saturday. He is apparently a Nigerian national who is married to a Namibian woman.
The NamPol spokesperson also informed members of the media that Jaco Romano Basson, 23, died after he was stabbed twice on the left side of his neck and in the upper arm with an unknown object.
The incident is said to have occurred between 00h00 and 01h00 on Saturday morning at Rehoboth's Block A.
Nuuyi said Basson’s mother was apparently woken by dogs barking, and then found her son lying in a pool of blood on the lawn in front of her house.
Six suspects aged between 17 and 22 years old were arrested in connection with the murder.
Police investigations into the matter continue.
Meanwhile, a four-month-old boy died after he was allegedly run over by his uncle at around 11h00 on Saturday at his family’s shebeen in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area.
Victory Shiningayamwe Pahukeni’s mother had placed him under a shade net at the shebeen. The uncle of the deceased had parked a car under the same shade net. He did not see the child and drove over him.
The baby was declared dead upon arrival at the Katutura State Hospital. Police investigations continue.
(NAMPA)
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